Pea & ham soup

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A meaty and vibrant soup that's great for using up festive ham leftovers or as a comforting storecupboard soup

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal243
  • fat6.3g
  • saturates2.2g
  • carbs18.3g
  • sugars6.2g
  • fibre7.3g
  • protein28.5g
  • salt2.1g
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  • knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1l ham or pork stock (see 'Try', below)
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 500g frozen petits pois
  • 300g thickly sliced ham, trimmed of any fat and diced


  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan and when lightly foaming gently cook the onions until softened, but not coloured. Tip in the potato and stir to coat in butter, then pour over the stock. Simmer until softened.

  2. Tip in the frozen peas and bring back to the boil. Cook for a couple of mins. Remove from the heat and blend until smooth. Stir in the diced ham and serve.

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Comments (29)'s picture

Absolutely delicious soup, I am no fan of Pea and Ham soup but my husband absolutely loves it so made it as a treat. It was absolutely lovely, I followed tips from others on here and blended half of the ham and chopped the other to put in the blended. It was lovely 5*

smcgettigan's picture

This is magnificent! Also blended half the ham along with the peas - I had it just as for the first bowl and added a spot of mint sauce to the second - I couldn't choose which was best!

riskyangie's picture

I made this today for my husband. I followed what some of the other commentators said and put a load of the ham in before blending then added the rest as a topping. I put a bunch of parsley in as well. I also sessoned it generously. Husband loved it. It does serve four, and as I don't eat meat, I've frozen the remaining three portions so he can take to work for lunch. This one is a winner.

Louise Neal's picture

Great recipie . I love pea and ham soup and this was so easy to make!!

caz21b's picture

Simple, tasty and quick recipe. I had originally slow cooked the ham in a honey and mustard glaze and used the cooking juices in the soup - absolutely delicious and will definitely be made again! Would give it 5 stars but for some reason the rating won't work on iPad :(

Freezes well.

hilaryys's picture

Made this with the stock from cooking Tom Kerridge's very aromatic candied roast ham with star anise so had some lovely additional depth of flavour.

jreid88's picture

Easy and delicious. I also put most of the ham in pre-blend and then shred the remaining ham and garnished on top of the soup.

ramuiha's picture

Just made with knorr ham stock cubes and left over New Year Ham. Nice but needs more potato and a sprinkle of parsley or mint to lift it a little. Will definitely make again with the tweaks!

Clare O Sullivan's picture

Made this today. Delicious and so simple to make. I did add some garlic (2 cloves) with the onion and a big handful of fresh parsley just before blending. I also added half of the ham pre-blend and followed with chunky pieces on serving with a garnish of parsley. And a good few twists of black pepper. Didn't have ham stock so used half veg stock and half leftover Christmas turkey stock. Very yummy.

Flakey999's picture

Loved this soup! Nicest recipe for pea & ham soup. Only added black pepper - although I did use unsmoked ham stock.

rosievimes's picture

Thought this soup was tasty but a bit too rich & thick for my liking. Good flavours though, and very filling!

OliviaEllen's picture

Very easy and extremely tasty! Will be making again for sure

Cec's picture

Made this soup with the stock that I boiled the ham in, enjoyed it so much, I bought another Ham joint. Am now making my second lot. Soooo simple to make and scrummy.

lizbc's picture

Very tasty, quick and easy to make. I used knor 'ham' stock cubes, added an extra potato, 6-7 fresh mint leaves, and some of the ham to the soup before blending. It was one of the nicest soups i've ever eaten.

JazziGinger's picture

Really easy to make and ingredients are very cheap! I added a tub of quark to make it creamy, this also helped to thicken it up.

sleepyheadalex's picture

I used ham hock. A great autumn soup!

tugandalfie's picture

Delicious and so quick. Added more potato to make it thicker. Also some garlic, pepper and parsley. Great way to use up cooked gammon from dinner last night.

legolamb's picture

quick easy bit of mint sauce mmmmm lovely

mwong1976's picture

I added garlic and parsley for extra flavour and my little girl ate it with a cream cracker crushed into it. Very nice though needs something extra to thicken it.

stelinney's picture

i found if you add a good handful of chopped fresh mint and plenty of seasoning it gives an extra boost to a lovely warming soup. goes down a treat with my 2 boys.


Questions (2)

mags3011's picture

I don't have any stock available so will be using a stock cube, how much water should I mix it with??

riskyangie's picture

I used around a litre with one knorr stock cube.

Tips (2)

hilaryys's picture

If you like your soups thicker, just add a bit more potato!

chocolateteabag's picture

Lovely and brilliant green. A nice change from the usually duller coloured and slightly floury split pea soups.
Add a smidgen of garlic for extra flavour, plus some freshly chopped flat leafed parsley to serve.
If it isn't thick enough for you, add a little flour, or a larger potato next time.
I served ours with a swirl of half fat creme fraiche, some crispy baked croutons and ready prepared ham hock.